Climate Emergency declaration and forum
Yarra Council has committed to urgent action to respond to the global climate emergency. We’re currently developing our first Climate Emergency Plan.
To keep up to date with the development of this plan and other sustainability and environmental actions in Yarra, sign up to our Yarra Environment e-newsletter.
On Thursday 4 April 2019, we hosted a Climate Emergency Forum at Richmond Town Hall, with 150 people attending to hear expert speakers on the latest climate science and the health implications. Download the two presentations below.
- Dr Karl Braganza, Bureau of Meteorology, the State of the Climate
- Ms Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance, the health implications of climate change
Get involved with Yarra Climate Action Now
Yarra Climate Action Now (YCAN) is a local climate action group made up of people who want to see much stronger action on climate change. They are an independent community group that connects hundreds of people. Contact YCAN today.
Take climate action by going solar
In the face of climate emergency, you can immediately cut your carbon emissions by switching to renewable energy.
Our town halls, libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres and all council buildings are powered by 100% renewable electricity and we’re urging more residents and business to install rooftop solar.
We’ve partnered with the energy experts at Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) to offer you high quality, affordable solar systems. You may even be eligible for a $2,225 rebate from the Victorian government.
YEF can give you free advice and a tailored, obligation-free quote.
Come along to a free information session:
- Wednesday 22 May
6.30pm to 8pm
Richmond Library Theatrette
This initiative is part of our response to the global climate emergency.
Yarra Energy Foundation
The Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) is supported by Yarra City Council and are your local, independent, not-for-profit energy experts. In addition to assisting with solar advice, YEF can help with practical steps to reduce your emissions and improve the energy efficiency of your home and business.
The Victorian Government's Energy Saver website is packed with tips to save energy at home and take charge of your power bills, including rebates worth thousands of dollars.
Measure your footprint
You can use the Australian Greenhouse Calculator to take a look at your own carbon footprint, and identify areas you could focus on to reduce your carbon emissions.